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A global "ransomware" attack that started last week locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.

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As a cybersecurity hub, metro Atlanta hosts nearly 100 cybersecurity firms. Some of them are helping affected companies respond to the attacks.

Centerview Capital Technology, a venture capital firm focused on cybersecurity, is opening its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Atlanta.

WikiLeaks just released thousands of pages it says details how the CIA spies on people using their smartphones, smart TVs and other devices.

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In Georgia, a hub for cyber security companies and the U.S. military's cyber command operations, experts say it’s the new normal.

Augusta Cybersecurity Center Could Boost Metro Atlanta

Jan 20, 2017
Byron Small / Atlanta Business Chronicle

A proposed $50 million state-owned cybersecurity innovation center would be built in Augusta, nearly 150 miles from Atlanta’s rapidly growing cyber hub. Despite that distance, enthusiastic Atlanta-based cybersecurity industry executives say the halo effect of a state-backed  research and training hub will pay dividends for Atlanta’s cybersecurity sector by driving private investment to the sector, attracting cyber companies and nurturing home-grown startups.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his budget address at the state Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Deal spoke Thursday afternoon to lawmakers charged with reviewing his $45 billion spending plan. Deal limited his comments Thursday to criminal
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Georgia is set to boost the cybersecurity industry in Augusta with a state-owned training facility that’s part of a $50 million plan combining public and private interests, according to a source who was not cleared to speak about the plan until a more formal announcement Wednesday.

Georgia colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Agency are set to be involved in the plan.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) during a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee, May, 2013.
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Sen. Johnny Isakson says already established committees should be the first in congress to investigate what the CIA, and FBI have reportedly called an attempt by Russia to sway the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. The agencies say they’ve concluded Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton campaign staffers during the election.

“We need to determine what we know we know, and what we know we don’t know,” Isakson said. “And the more you know you don’t know is the more need for a committee, but until we get to that point I’m not ready to do it.”


Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

georgia voting sticker
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The Wall Street Journal reports the Department of Homeland Security has tracked an attempt to hack into Georgia's election computer system to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson introduced legislation in Congress this week in an effort to boost protection for voting systems following recent federal warnings about cybersecurity threats.

“The threat to our voting process is clear and present,” Johnson said.  He cited the recent hackings at the Democratic National Committee and attempts into voter systems in other states.

In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles.
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There's a common complaint in Atlanta among tech startups about access to capital. It's why some startups leave.

But one venture capital firm focused on data security ─ Centerview Capital Technology ─ is coming to Atlanta to help with funding and opening its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Atlanta.

It’s welcome news for the region's growing cybersecurity industry.

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Students from MIT and Britain's University of Cambridge will spend the weekend hacking one another's computers, with the blessing of their national leaders.

The two schools are competing in a hacking contest that U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced last year among other joint cybersecurity projects between the two nations. The White House billed it as a showdown between the two prestigious schools, both known as heavyweights in the world of computer science.

Students at The Iron Yard
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Software developers and programmers are in high demand in Atlanta, and a growing number of schools are expanding to address the shortage felt in Atlanta's growing tech industry.

One of Atlanta's popular private coding schools, The Iron Yard, is opening a second location in Sandy Springs in March. The school has worked with more than 185 students since it first opened a branch in downtown Atlanta in 2014.  Atlanta will be the first city to have a second branch of the boot camp nearby.

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Cyber attack simulation
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The Department of Homeland Security says more than half of all cyberattacks in 2013 targeted the energy industry.

On Tuesday, more than 100 executives and law enforcement officials went through a series of mock cyberattacks at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta campus.

In the first portrayal: a couple of military veterans buy explosives on eBay. They used the explosives to bomb a fictional water plant in Cobb County. 

Cybersecurity professionals and executives have one hour to come up with a response.

Utility companies are popular targets. 

The U.S. Army’s ‘Cyber Center of Excellence’ in Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.
Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Courtesy of Georgia Army National Guard

Georgia’s Army National Guard will house one of three new U.S. cyberdefense teams to support the military’s efforts against virtual attacks.

“We’re very excited about developing this new capability,” Samuel Blaney, chief warrant officer for the Georgia National Guard, said.

He said the team will be comprised of about 25 soldiers ─ men and women who work as civilians in information technology or similar fields.

The team can be mobilized to help both state and federal agencies in the event of a cyberattack, Blaney said.